Born in Murphy's Camp, CA on Feb. 10, 1857. Mary Ellen Jones was a lifelong resident of California. She studied at the School of Design under Williams, Kunath, and Wores. At age 36 she wed Louis Kast and settled in San Francisco. She died n San Rafael, CA on Dec. 25, 1942. Her rare works include genre, still lifes of grapes, and miniatures on ivory. Exh: Mechanics' Inst. (SF), 1877-85; School of Design (silver medal); Calif. State Fair, 1880, 1890; Sketch Club (SF), 1890s. In: Oakland Museum (Negro Boy, 1881).
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
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